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This is the Year I’m Going to Integrate Technology

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“Digital tools are in your stance. They’re not a seasoning or a decoration.” Cornelius Minor #TCRWP

Infusing Technology: It’s More Than Apps and Devices

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As I sat down to write my post for the upcoming series, titled: Dreaming Big for This Year’s Writing Workshop I thought back to when I opened my writing workshop to digital tools.… Continue reading

OLW CHECK-IN: EMBRACE

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Maybe it was Betsy’s post, OLW Check-in: Note that first brought the whispers.  As I read her post and thought about my final week of school I heard the whispers grow louder.  Embrace. 

Scaffolding Student Blogging: Setting Students Up For Success

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Using what we know about best practice and scaffolding writers, our blog writing begins.

Making the Writer Better: Getting Started with Blogging

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As I move forward in planning summer professional development for the teachers in my district, I am already finding the infographic invaluable.  In planning my session, “Getting Started with Blogging” I found the information on the infographic guiding each slide and each step as I planned the presentation.

Make Writing Better. Start With The Writer.

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Think about the writer and making the writer better. What are the needs of a writer? What opportunities does technology offer to make the writer better?

Our Most Powerful Tool- Our Words: Looking Back And Moving Forward

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In Visible Learning For Literacy, Fisher, Frey, and Hattie, explain “When feedback is delivered in such that it is timely, specific, understandable, and actionable students assimilate the language used by their teacher into their self-talk. (2016, 100)” These words stopped me. When our words become the self-talk of our students, they become the most influential tool we have as teachers.

No More Cookie-Cutter Teaching

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As educators, we need to take ownership of our teaching.  If you think your tried and true lessons are lackluster, change them.  Start with looking at your students and asking yourself, what do my students need? What are their strengths? Next, look at the VERBS in your standards. Precisely what is it your students need to master in this unit?  Finally, embrace the art of teaching, follow their lead.

2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 23 OF 31

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Welcome to Day 23 of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge! 2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC PADLET ANNOUNCEMENTS INSPIRATION/TODAY’S QUESTION Today’s Question for Classroom SOLSC Teachers: What have you learned about yourself as a… Continue reading

Branding Student Blogs

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As an instructional technology coach, I have the privilege of working alongside teachers as they bring their students into the world of blogging.  Many of the teachers I work with are new to blogging. They rely on me to steer them into an experience that will engage the student, lift student writing, and fit within the already packed school day. I guide these teachers to create branded blogs.

2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 22 OF 31

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Welcome to Day 22 of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge! Single digit days left in the challenge! 2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC PADLET ANNOUNCEMENTS Please be sure to comment on our daily inspiration/questions. We… Continue reading

2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 21 OF 31

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Welcome to Day 21 of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge!  Only ten more days, finish strong! 2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC PADLET ANNOUNCEMENTS Please be sure to comment on our daily inspiration/questions. We… Continue reading

2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 20 OF 31

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Welcome to Day 20 of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge! 2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC PADLET ANNOUNCEMENTS Please be sure to comment on our daily inspiration/questions. We are hoping this will foster a… Continue reading

2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 19 OF 31

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Welcome to Day 19 of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge! 2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC PADLET ANNOUNCEMENTS Have you stopped by to see who won the student commenting challenge from last weekend?  It… Continue reading

2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 18 OF 31

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Welcome to Day 18 of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge! Can you believe it, 18 days of writing? 2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC PADLET ANNOUNCEMENTS  Did you catch Betsy’s comment challenge announcement?  It’s the… Continue reading

2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 17 OF 31

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Welcome to Day 17 of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge!  Happy St. Patricks Day!  2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC PADLET ANNOUNCEMENTS Find your words and spread the word about your student’s writing on… Continue reading

2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 16 OF 31

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Welcome to Day 16 of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge! You’re doing great, keep writing! 2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC PADLET ANNOUNCEMENTS Please be sure to comment on our daily inspiration/questions. Last year… Continue reading

8 Great Ways to Meet Writers Where They Are

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Throughout the conference, I watched, listened, and played with digital tools and all along I thought about our students and how digital tools have the capability to make all students feel successful.  I was in awe of the opportunities digital devices bring to our classrooms.

Environments for Kids & With Kids: Beyond the Fundamentals of Writing Workshop

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As I thought about writing this post, I considered my day and what needed to get done.  I mulled over when I would go to the store, how many loads of laundry I… Continue reading

The Post-it Note App and Writing Workshop

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When you hear blended learning in writing workshop do you immediately envision a classroom of writers looking at a screen?